Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

Transportation planners taking public comment

Ideas to improve roads, public transit, bike trails solicited

February 16, 2009


Area residents are being asked to look down the road — or highways or rails or bike paths or runways or anything else that enables getting around — and determine just what they’d like to see their transportation system look like some 20 years into the future.

The resulting ideas will be used to shape a plan designed to help guide projects, investments and developments in five counties: Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte.

Lawrence-area residents are invited to offer their ideas for the $1 million plan, called the Five-County Regional Transportation Study, during a community dialogue session set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.

Consultants will join officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation in conducting the meeting, one of five in the area to help determine what, exactly, people want: More roads? Bigger highways? Increased transit service? More pedestrian-bike paths?

Officials say the focus will be more about goals and vision, rather than locations for specific projects.

The study is a KDOT project, working with the Mid-America Regional Council, Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office and Kansas Turnpike Authority.

For more information about the study and its process, visit


HalsteadHawk 9 years, 2 months ago

I'd like the roads to be built with quality materials and design. I'd also like ongoing maintenance to be properly funded. Is that too much to ask?

KS 9 years, 2 months ago

HalsteadHawk - That is not too much to expect and that is exactly what you are ALREADY paying your taxes for. There is absolutley no need for anyone to propose MORE TAXES to do what you have asked. The question is, "what are they doing with the money they already get?"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

Don't build the SLT, unless it's south of the Waky.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Pay three government employee to dig a big hole then pay a four union guys to fill it in. Rinse and repeat to the tune of a trillion dollars and call it a stimulus plan.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 2 months ago

b8es (Anonymous) says… Build the SLT.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says… Don't build the SLT ============================= Thanks for the new visions.

YouPeopleAreCrazy 9 years, 2 months ago

SMART LIGHTS!!! So that when I drive down 23rd Street I don't have to stop right before Iowa as the light turns red with nobody there, and many other places over the city. Smart lights would help congestion and make getting across the city much faster. Make it happen!

quimby 9 years, 2 months ago

Don't build the SLT - Do give us more transit and bike/ped. paths/trails.

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